Death Toll From Southeastern Storms Rises to 44

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Destroyed homes in North Carolina.

Powerful storms moving through the Southeast have killed at many as 44 people over the past three days, according to CNN. The National Weather Service said more than 100 tornadoes have been spotted across the region, which has also seen flash floods and "hail as big as softballs." On Saturday, 14 people were killed in a single rural county in North Carolina, and Governor Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency for the entire state, where 143,000 people are still without electricity. Virginia also saw three deaths and 64 injuries as a result of Saturday's fast-moving storms. "The outbreak of severe weather in North Carolina is unusual because of the intensity and frequency of tornadoes," said a CNN meteorologist. "This doesn't happen very often in this part of the country." [NYT, CNN]